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Adult Acute Leukemia Services

Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Care Pathway Booklet.

This booklet outlines the three different pathways that a patient’s care may follow during treatment.

The treatment pathways are complex and you should review them with your health care team.

Download the Treatment Pathways for AML.

Acute leukemia is a rapidly progressive cancer of the white blood cells. There are two main types of acute leukemia, each named after the type of cell that is affected: acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Patients with acute leukemia receive care from specialized providers. The care path can be long and complex, and may include stem cell transplant.

The need for acute leukemia care is expected to grow in the years to come.

Building a Provincial Program

In order to better meet the health care needs of the patient population in Ontario, provincial-level planning is required. This oversight will provide a more streamlined process for providers while providing care closer to home for patients.

Planning will include the growth of existing acute leukemia service programs, alongside the development of new service provider sites in a coordinated and sustainable manner.

Acute Leukemia Provincial Plan

The Plan provides an overview of how adult services are defined and how they should be organized and delivered in Ontario. It was created collaboratively by regional, clinical and patient representatives and facilitated by us. This Plan sets the stage to achieve a vision of care in Ontario where there will be strong networks of service providers that deliver coordinated care across the province.

It is designed to:

  • Provide timely access for adults to high-quality, coordinated acute leukemia services as close to home as possible
  • Focus on better outcomes and improved patient experience
  • Encourage hospitals and providers to work together to form a networks of services which are person-centred, evidence based and support evolving clinical practices

We will be working together with the regions to put this Plan into action and support the transition to a more organized, integrated and multidisciplinary model of acute leukemia services across Ontario. In order to meet future needs, provider sites will work closely with us to plan for expected growth and expansion. Several performance evaluation strategies will be undertaken to measure access and the coordination of care provided in this Program.

Appendices for the Acute Leukemia Provincial Plan:

  • Appendix A – Patient Education Pathway for Acute Myeloid Leukemia
  • Appendix B - Complex Malignant Hematology Models of Care: Recommendations for Changes in the Roles and Composition of the Multidisciplinary Team and the Setting of Care to Improve Access for Patients in Ontario – March 2017
  • Appendix C - Consensus Pathology Recommendations for Complex Malignant Hematology – December 2016

More information is available on Acute Leukemia Care in the Greater Toronto Area.

Last modified: Wed, Aug 02, 2017
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